Well, we sent our dossier out a month ago, but it still hasn't been sent to the Kazakhstan consulate yet. Some of the issues include needing new medical clearances since the old ones have expired by now, needing our social worker's diploma translated from Latin to English before it can then be translated to Russian (have you ever?!), and other piddly things like that. And we're hearing things about the Kaz consulate that are leaving us worried about major delays. Apparently, their whole staff turned over, and the new staff wants things done differently, and they're taking much longer to grant approvals. All we can hope is that if there are delays in the consulate, that our dossier will pass though the ministries quickly so this delay doesn't hurt us too badly.
If any of you have brought home an older, school-aged child, I would love to learn what you did to teach your child to read English. I know learning to speak and comprehend English will come pretty quickly, but since Borya will be 13 when he arrives home, and starting school a few months later, I wasn't sure of the best way to get him reading. Any of you out there that have "been there/done that? If so, I would love to hear from you ...
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A Little History
Quite frankly, I don't know what I was thinking at the time. We went from 3 kids by birth to "oh, let's adopt a 4th" without a whole lot of deliberation.
While adopting said 4th (in Kazakhstan), we met a young man of 8 yrs by the name of Borya. Thought he was a pretty nice kid and years later found out we could adopt him too. Only thing was, he came as a 2-in-1 package with his younger sister Ylia. What the hay, said we, and rushed headlong into the adoption process. Again. To adopt two kids that were 10 and 13 at the time.
Started a blog to keep track of where my head was in this adoption game. When Borya and Ylia arrived home, we were suddenly the proud parents of six kids, ages 9, 10, 11, 11, 13 and 13.
That was back in 2009, but I still blog. I figure what doesn't make us laugh makes us cry, and I'd rather be laughing.
Also? We live on a farm(ish) with a few dozen critters. You're just as likely to read a post about the farming side of things as you are the parenting side. Thought you might want to know in case you have allergies or something.
As for the structure of this blog, I pretty much post on a daily basis, and I tend to be all over the place in what I write about, so if it's nice, neat and compartmentalized you're looking for, be off with you now, you won't find it here.
I do have some structure, though, I'm not a total bohemian. I roll like this:
Mon: Mirth Monday. A little somethin' to make you chuckle.
Tues: Sometimes Adoption Tuesday, sometimes A Tip For Tuesday, sometimes random thoughts.
Weds: Wordless Wednesday. Usually a photo or some artwork from myself or one of my oh-so-talented children.
Thurs: all random, all the time.
Fri: Farm Friday. Speaks for itself.
Sat, Sun: More random musings.
Feel free to explore and don't be shy -- drop me a line to say hello, and be sure to add yourself as a follower. Feeds my ego in a big way. I'm very insecure.
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